Arkansas improved to 40th place from 42nd place in the 2013 edition of Kids Count, a state by state ranking of child well being based on indicators in the areas of child health, education, economics and family and community environment. There has been predictions that the Arkansas lottery will raise less money for college scholarships in the current fiscal year than it did last year. The Arkansas lottery commission agreed last week to study the possibility of launching a new game, keno and possibly other video lottery games. Most of the legislators and religious leaders oppose this. Arkansas public schools will soon be required to offer homeschool students in middle and high school grades the same opportunities to participate in interscholastic activities as the schools provide to traditional school students. Starting this year, Act 1469 also authorizes the districts to require homeschool students to take a class on campus,one affiliated with the chosen activity if there is such a class, or if not, an unrelated course. Interscholastic activities are those in which students from different schools compete, and they include not only athletics but also band, choir, debate and anything else governed by the Arkansas Activities Assoc. A group that supports gay marriage wants to repeal Amendment 83 which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The group submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the Atty. General’s office last week. The Attorney General does not rule on the amendment itself, or proposal, just if the title matches the content and if the language is clear. Then , if approved,it can go on the ballot in 2014.if the group can get 78,133 signatures of registered voters by July of 2014 to be on the November ballot. I want to wish each of you a very Happy and safe Fourth of July. If you would like to contact me, please email me at or call my office at 650-1884 or write me at P.O. Box 2387 Greenwood AR. 72936